Tuesday, October 28, 2014

autumn activity in the mountains

Hi everyone!

 We have been busy this week.
Our lot was "view cleared", resulting in a much wider view of Whiteside Mountain. This is the view from the little grill deck off to the side of the porch.

The view from the porch is much better but with screens and blinds in place, it is difficult to photograph.

The vinyl blinds are still down from the storms last week, they will stayed closed for the winter. We are loving using the porch on these Indian summer days. Calling for cooler temps later this week.

The sunrise view is pretty in the morning. I found this plant in the yard, no idea what it is. Anyone know?

We added a dozen native Rhododendron Maximus shrubs to the fenced "wildflower" bed (actually very few flowers, only a few asters) in the driveway to accompany one lonely mature Rhodo. 

Also a dozen Woodland or Swamp sunflowers( Helianthus Divaricatus) inside the fence.
The outer edge of the bed has a new rock border and soil. 

We planted perennial blue salvia, anemones and irises so far. Will have to add more as the seasons progress next year.

Some fall color at the entry corner of the bed.

The cutest little acorns are all over the front yard. I have collected some for the house.

Fun to see the gourds and heirloom pumpkins available each autumn. A little orange beanie!

Some beauties at a local farmer's market. The snake gourd has such a beautiful pattern.

 We have been visiting the waterfalls which is a must do fall activity in the mountains.
Silver Run Falls  has a dramatic shelf that the falls spill over into a perfect pool for swimming,

with a glittery bottom flecked with silver that can be seen through the clear water.

Nearby Silver Run Falls is this lovely view of Lake Jocassee in South Carolina. 

Porch days are going to be gone soon, we will enjoy them while we can. We would love a fireplace on the porch to extend the season, that is on the project to-do list.

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

fall color around us

Hi everyone! 
(not sure what happened to the first attempt at posting this?)

I want to share some Blue Ridge Mountains fall color on our hike to Glen Falls yesterday afternoon....

Get out and enjoy Mother Nature this week!

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

After the storm

We are still here! 
After 2 days of dense fog and one day of high winds and 14" inches of rain. Yes, 14" of rain, we have emerged!

To sunshine!

We were greeted with a sunny dry porch this morning when we opened the curtains,

thanks to the vinyl roll curtains that are so commonly used here. They snap shut and have heavy wood rods to weigh them down on the bottom. They kept everything dry during the driving winds and buckets of rain all day yesterday.

There are leaves and branches everywhere, lots of clean up to do this morning.

Husband gets to put his beloved blower to use. 

We are trying to bring back the damaged holly next to the house, it was hurt during the Polar Vortex of last winter, the coldest temperatures this area of the South has had in many years.

 I spotted a funky pair of mushrooms as I was inspecting the yard, I think they are Russula mushrooms with damaged edges.

Are you cleaning up from the storm in your neck of the woods? 

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, October 10, 2014

things I like this week

I haven't done one of these in a long time! 

Here are some favorite fall things I am liking this week....

1. Cute cozy fleecy "cloud" slippers, shop here.
2. An asymmetrical grey Scottish cashmere poncho, shop here.
3. A seagrass basket made in Africa of recycled materials to fill an empty corner, shop here.
4. Sweet handmade suede flats made in Spain, shop here.
5. Gather what's left in your perennial border before the first frost and place into a wire basket fitted with jars, find one here, only $8!
6. No more totes for me, I like carrying crossbody bags, love this Annabelle Ingall "Jojo", shop here.
7. A John Derian inspired decoupage bedside tray on etsy, shop here.
8. A made in America wool striped blanket for chilly nights, shop here.
9. A warm and inviting faux bois wallpapered bathroom designed by Benjamin Dhong, source here.

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Hi from Savannah and email subscription fix

Hi everyone!

We are visiting Savannah this week to celebrate our anniversary and our youngest son's 20th birthday. Weather has been great, breezy and not too humid the first few days but typical Savannah September weather returned yesterday which is just fine, just look for shade. Which Savannah has lots and lots of!

We are staying in a townhouse on Jones Street which I highly recommend. Safe, beautiful architecture and complete canopy of oaks. Parking has not been a problem either. We are just around the corner from the pretty shops on Whitaker Street...Number Four Eleven, Circa Lighting, One Fish Two Fish

Some of the monogram choices at Number Four Eleven...

What do you think of this link style?

Or this one? I like both. These were my favorites, modern and updated.

Spools of monogram thread choices.

We never tire of strolling the beautiful squares. There is no where else on earth that looks like this! The most beautiful city neighborhoods under canopies of oaks. We explored Alex Raskin Antiques, which houses four floors of antiques in an elegant crumbling old home.  Amazing place.

It faces Monterey Square, the same square as The Mercer Williams House, famous home written about in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. 

Son at work with husband as his customer. He works at Prospector Co., a nice shop at the end of Broughton Street near Marc Jacobs and Kate Spade. They sell their own line of men's grooming products  and very unique, well chosen gifts.  

We visited the gorgeous modern Jepson Center that is part of the Telfair Museums. I love this painting "Squall over Savannah" by Ray Ellis. The Whitfield Lovell exhibit was haunting.  The Jepson's exterior is  a huge glass window that reveals the beautiful Telfair Square.

(image from Safdie Architects site)

We also have enjoyed food! Southern meals at the The Olde Pink House,

the southern Italian restaurant The Florence ,

and the French bistro, Circa 1875.  

Also some yummy macarons from Marche aux Macaron!

So that's it from Savannah. 

Also there have been some bugs with the email subscription gadget on the blog. I think I fixed it. If anyone has a problem, please let me know!

Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

cottage kitchen walls

One more post about our cottage kitchen. We looked into adding sconces next to the sink, it won't work in this kitchen, wiring is too difficult and also the space needed for the upper cabinet door to fully open is limited so I added some little watercolors from the hallway of our last house and decided to switch a basket for two little bird prints over the cooktop.

Also added one next to the pantry.

Basket adds contrast and texture and relieves worries about splashing sauces.

I love the vinyl grasscloth in the kitchen, it  adds warmth and compliments artwork so well.

Thanks for visiting!